Spiritual Journey First Thursday: #OneWord2019

Welcome, 2019! Last year I chose and blogged about my first #OneWord – Intent. I wanted to take better control of my ability to spin many plates. This talent was often at the expense of giving greater focus not only to my work or task at hand, but the people and relationships in my life.

As I reflect on 2018, I did my best to keep my One Word at the forefront of my work and personal life, and can recall making deliberate choices in many instances to be more intentional. On the whole, I would probably rate my success a 3 out of 5 .

If I am being completely honest, I don’t know that I will ever fully perfect being more intentional; I have to acknowledge that I am naturally wired to take on multiple projects, and even at times look for more to take on. It is not uncommon for me to find myself, and/or put myself in a place where I have a handful of things on a To-Do list. Being without something that is demanding my attention is just not how I naturally roll.

Which, interestingly, brings me to my One Word for 2019… Boredom. Last month I blogged about the subject, completely on a whim, with no further thought on the topic. Shortly after I stumbled upon and ordered the book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi. The premise of her book is that excessive cell phone use, including our attachment to social media, detracts our brains from opportunity to wander, and it’s in the wandering that greater creativity and productivity can spring to life.

Zomorodi isn’t anti-technology, but instead presents the argument for a balanced approach to our use of technology. She contends that pulling back from our screens may open up more space in our lives for creative thinking. I am still in the early chapters of her book, but already have made a few adjustments on my phone as well as in my daily use of social media apps. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have relocated to the back page where those pesky notification numbers can’t entice me to just check in and clear them (and half an hour later, I’m still mind-numbingly scrolling, scrolling, scrolling). For me, out of sight is out of mind when it comes to the draw of these time sucking platforms. I want to make better use of my time, and discover if what she says is true.

As I contemplate the year ahead, I consider what creative endeavors might be waiting to spring forth. Will I blog more frequently? Write more poetry? It remains to be seen. For now, I will simply begin by making a few deliberate changes in the things that are over-occupying my attention (i.e., mindless time spent on social media) in hopes of discovering more meaningful activities that stem from a more creative place.

2019…the best is yet to come!

 

7 thoughts on “Spiritual Journey First Thursday: #OneWord2019

  1. margaretsmn says:

    You are being intentional about boredom. Your post made me realize that my notifications are the problem for me, so I’ve turned off social media notifications. I probably should also move them to a back page, maybe inside a folder. I hope you can find room for more creativity in your life.

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    • I am finding that these shifts don’t automatically drop creativity into my lap – that is going to take a conscious decision on my part. I think I need to make deliberate choices to feed the areas of my life where creativity can flourish. Still trying to figure out what that looks like!

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  2. Love that you’re embracing (amazing how everyone’s words pop up in our comments, isn’t it) boredom so that you can make room for more creativity. And it will be interesting to see what pops up to fill your boredom. I moved FB and Twitter off my phone during an October media fast and I haven’t moved them back. Instagram is on the last screen of my phone. I still go there, but much less than I used to. And now I’m off to see if my library has the book you mentioned.

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    • I will be interested to hear if you get the book and what your response is to it, Ramona. I am slowly reading through it, and look forward to its positive influence in my life. So far I have not missed those FB and Twitter notifications! I keep Snapchat on my front page, but only because it is the primary way I see what my adult children are up to. I love that it is a quick picture or video, then it goes away. Only takes a few seconds, and on I go with my day!

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  3. This feels like such a fresh choice in your life, Dani! I have negative associations for the words “bored” and “boredom”… as in “only boring people get bored.” So this is a new way for me to look at it! Like everyone, I have had a complicated relationship with social media. Way back in 2011 I gave up Facebook. The only thing I do consistently — and enjoy! — is blogging. I think this is such an individual choice… it is interesting to think about our tech usage as a response to boredom… there are so many other things in the world to do! Thank you for this thoughtful post. And yes to the best year ever!

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    • I couldn’t agree more, Irene, when you say that our use of social media is an individual choice. For me, I could just sense how it was not a fruitful use of my time. Blogging is still a new outlet for me, and one that I have not yet fully come to a place of complete enjoyment. It still feels like a bit of a struggle, but I will continue to try and connect in a few places so I don’t get overwhelmed or develop any sort of feeling that it is yet another item on a checklist I must fulfill.

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  4. Dani, I really like how you came to find boredom as your OLW. I must admit that I was perplexed when I first saw it posted but now totally understand. I also have been trying to limit the social media interplay. Sometimes, I feel lost when I forget my phone but then realize the alone time is so much better. I often ask myself why I feel the need to check my phone. I like the idea that pulling back from our screens may open up more space in our lives for creative thinking. Best of luck on your journey.

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